Who Wants a Degree In Homemaking

Are you confused about gender roles. Do you need help understanding your place in the world. Do you believe that dinosaurs are made up. Are you concerned that your children might believe scientific facts, such as humans come from monkeys.

If this describes you, then we have the solution. It is called turn off your brain and read the good book. Ok, that last line was a little unfair. For more on the story read below.

Southwestern Baptist, one of the nation’s largest Southern Baptist seminaries, is introducing a new academic program in homemaking as part of an effort to establish what its president calls biblical family and gender roles.

It will offer a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration in homemaking. The program is only open to women.

Coursework will include seven hours of nutrition and meal preparation, seven hours of textile design and “clothing construction,” three hours of general homemaking, three hours on “the value of a child,” and three hours on the “biblical model for the home and family.”

Seminary officials say the main focus of the courses is on hospitality in the home – teaching women interior design as well as how to sew and cook. Women also study children’s spiritual, physical and emotional development.

Yet the program is raising eyebrows among some Southern Baptists, who say a degree concentration in how to be a Christian housewife is not useful, and a waste of seminary resources.

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  1. Jack's Shack August 16, 2007 at 5:38 am


    I hear you.


    Oy vey.

  2. Alice August 14, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  3. Michael August 14, 2007 at 8:22 am

    This sounds like possibly the single most useless degree program I have ever heard of.
    Why not stay home as a kid and watch what mom does in the kitchen, and dad does in the garage? That’s worked for generations of Americans…

    Besides, as the stay-at-home parent in my family, I can definitely say that, while the homemaking work is hard, and never completed, a degree is not necessary.

    And fluteprayer:
    That is an excellent description of human evolution.

  4. Jack's Shack August 14, 2007 at 4:36 am


    Beats the hell out of me. I never claimed to understand them.


    That is interesting.

  5. FlutePrayer August 14, 2007 at 2:25 am

    Interestingly, PBS says “humans did not evolve from monkeys.”


    “Did we evolve from monkeys?

    Humans did not evolve from monkeys. Humans are more closely related to modern apes than to monkeys, but we didn’t evolve from apes, either. Humans share a common ancestor with modern African apes, like gorillas and chimpanzees. Scientists believe this common ancestor existed
    5 to 8 million years ago. Shortly thereafter, the species diverged into two separate lineages. One of these lineages ultimately evolved into gorillas and chimps, and the other evolved into early human ancestors called hominids.”

    I’m not saying I agree with PBS. I just found it an interesting statement.

  6. Bill August 13, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Did these idiots fall asleep for the last 57 years.

    besides that they need to read the “good book” a bit more.

    This is what it says about the Noble wife.

    Proverbs 31

    15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

    16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

    17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

    18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

    I think this woman would be insulted by a course on “Homemaking.”

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